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Westsyde girl, 5, fighting cancer for second time

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May 27, 2015 - 7:28 PM

KAMLOOPS - A Westsyde couple is in need of a bone marrow donation for their daughter, as well as financial assistance, as their five-year-old continues her battle with cancer at the B.C. Children’s Hospital.

Samantha Donovan and her family thought the battle with Burkitt’s leukemia was over after the family returned from the hospital three months ago. Samantha expected to celebrate her cancer-free status earlier this month, but instead the family was hit with news of its return. The Donovans travelled to the children’s hospital earlier this month for their daughter to continue treatment. 

"One of the hardest things to be told is that your child has cancer, one of the worst things to be told is that the cancer is back and the prognosis isn't very good,” a post on the family’s fundraising site says. "A life we tried to get back to is now on pause once again, having to leave behind jobs, and our lives; we can only hope to survive this new nightmare as a family."

Before returning to hospital, Samantha started Smiles from Team Super Everybody, which sends packages to children in the hospital’s cancer ward.

"We hesitated to start a new donation campaign again because people have already done so much for us, but the fact of the matter is that we need your help and Samantha also needs a life saving donor for bone marrow. It doesnt feel very great to have to ask for financial help, but sadly we have no choice but to do this yet again,” the family says.

To make a donation to the Donovan’s, visit the family’s GoFundMe page.

If you are under 35 and are interested in becoming a bone marrow donor, you can register here.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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